@Dimber goes to Nashville
Ah, the infamous Nashville. This city has been on my bucket/to do list for almost 3 years. After spending my college years in the South, I grew to love the slow, simpleness that some of those cities have to offer. Pair my past with my love of travel, you get a travel list that has Nashville sitting right on top.
This past April I spent a week in the city, and as with everywhere I travel: coffee is king. To me the best way to see a city is through its coffee culture. Chat with a barista and you’ll find the best live music, food, and hotspots in the city.
One other thing to note is that I generally plan a few weeks ahead of any trip, jotting down a list of 3-5 coffee shops I want to visit (sometimes more, like that one time in New York I visited 23 shops. But that’s for another post).
I also keep my order consistent in each shop: "1 espresso and a barista's choice brewed coffee for here."
My Nashville List:
1. Barista Parlor
EASILY the most anticipated cafe visit to date. I’ve been a Barista Parlor (BP) fan for years and ever since they began roasting, I’ve been super excited to try their coffee. Well, it didn’t disappoint. Since I spent a whole week in Nashville I was able to visit several times and successfully try every coffee they offered. 4 Single origin Pour Overs and 2 of their flagship espressos. The coffee lived up to the hype. Oh and their signature drink “Strawberry Fields” is still my favorite to date.
What seems to be the local favorite. Crema is another shop I have followed for a while. I grabbed my usual order, sat at the big window and enjoyed. Great coffee and an incredible space; don’t miss out on this shop. Sidenote: I love shops that take pride in how they serve espresso; Crema nails it.
Huge fan of their branding, and having had their coffee a few times at home, I was excited to try it in their shop. A sweet coffee program and a killer food menu, Steadfast was top notch.
4. Frothy Monkey
I took one look at their breakfast menu and added it to the list. Since I was in Nashville with my team, we headed here for breakfast one morning. A M A Z I N G. Also, got my usual coffee order and sat up at the bar, in front of my favorite espresso machine (Strada AV) and enjoyed. Good coffee, good food; great place.
5. Slow Hand Coffee
As with most every trip, the unexpected finds are always exciting. Cue, Slow Hand Coffee. One early morning I was in a rush to get to the convention center and before I lowered myself to drinking the coffee in my hotel room I did a quick Map search for “coffee”. To my surprise there was what seemed to be a specialty shop about 400 feet away. I headed down to Slow Hand Coffee and to my surprise found this awesome little Counter Culture bar amidst a valley of construction. I walked in; ordered the usual of course and was able to pause for 10 minutes, sit by a window and enjoy some delicious coffee. This was the hidden gem on my trip; thanks Slow Hand.
"I could probably go into way more detail about every coffee I had and the equipment that each shop used; but I won’t. I’ll just let you know that the people in this city, the community, and the coffee will have me coming back for more."